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Bob Doris (born 11 May 1973, Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire) is a Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, initially elected to the Scottish Parliament to represent Glasgow (Scottish Parliament electoral region) at the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.[1]

Bob Doris

Deputy Convener of the
Health and Sport Committee
In office
15 June 2011 – 23 March 2016
ConvenerDuncan McNeil
Preceded byRoss Finnie
Succeeded byClare Haughey
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byPatricia Ferguson
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
In office
3 May 2007 – 23 March 2016
Personal details
Born (1973-05-11) 11 May 1973 (age 46)
Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK
Political partyScottish National Party

Life and careerEdit

Bob Doris was born in the Vale of Leven and educated at the University of Glasgow earning an MA in Social Sciences. At the 2007 election Doris contested the Glasgow Maryhill Scottish Parliament constituency, finishing second to Patricia Ferguson, majority 2,300.

Prior to the election Doris had acted as campaign manager to Bill Wilson when Wilson challenged John Swinney for the SNP leadership in 2003. Doris convened the SNP Maryhill Constituency Branch and Glasgow Regional Association SNP (GRA) for a number of years. Before the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary elections Doris was set to be council candidate for the Maryhill/Kelvin ward at the Glasgow City Council elections of 2007. He resigned his nomination for the Council seat to avoid the possibility of being elected on a dual mandate.[citation needed]

Since his election, Doris campaigned successfully on a number of issues including free school meals, kinship care payments and Town Centre Regeneration Fund money for Glasgow. He was a leading campaigner against Glasgow City Council's closure of 20 primary and nursery schools, and supported the parental occupation of Wyndford Primary School and St Gregory's Primary School, both in Maryhill. Doris convenes the Scottish Parliament's cross party group on Racial Equality in Scotland and the cross-party group on Rare, Genetic And Undiagnosed Conditions.[2][citation needed]

In a YouTube video, Doris encouraged anyone of Irish descent to tick "Irish" as their ethnicity in the 2011 Scottish Census.[why?][3]

In 2011, Doris was the SNP candidate for the redrawn seat of Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn. He was also placed 3rd on the SNP regional list for Glasgow behind Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf. He was unsuccessful in gaining Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, losing to Labour's Patricia Ferguson, but was returned as one of two Glasgow list SNP MSPs alongside Yousaf.[citation needed]

In the 2016 election, he defeated Patricia Ferguson and was elected as the constituency member for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Previous Members: Bob Doris". The Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
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  3. ^ "TICK THE IRISH BOX FOR QUESTION 15 IN THE SCOTTISH CENSUS 27th MARCH 2011". YouTube. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ BBC News: Results for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn Scottish Parliament constituency,; accessed 16 May 2016.

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